ORLY Birds of a Feather collection swatches

Why do birds suddenly appear / every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be / close to you.

Why does nail lacquer suddenly appear / my no buy, I cannot adhere!
Splurging ASAP, I long to be / OH GOD THERE’S A GREY NAIL POLISH IN THIS COLLECTION ORLY PLEASE TAKE ALL MY MONEY

ORLY, you’re killing me over here. You know I have a crippling addiction to all things grey and lacquer-y. Your Birds of a Feather collection might be gosh-darn pretty, but you’re not helping my wallet!

ORLY - Nite Owl

ORLY - Nite Owl

Nite Owl is the Double Bay Lunch Club of lacquers. A sandy beige with silver shimmer, Note owl applied smoothly in two coats and wore like a champ. The swatch above was taken after three days with only some minor tip wear visible. I tend to opt for the neutral-yet-sassy shades for when I go away on holidays, so I’m deffo keeping this one around for when I next go lazing around a resort pool (hint hint).

ORLY - Peachy Parrot

ORLY - Peachy Parrot

Peachy Parrot is a soft peach frost. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of frosts and Peachy Parrot hasn’t lured me over to the shimmery dark side – the frost lends itself to showing up brush strokes no matter how nifty I am with the applicator brush. Application was a straight two coats without any bald spots or pulling.
Inoffensively pretty: it’d look smashing on olive skin, but I’m not in love with this peachy cousin to OPI’s Royal Flush Blush. Next!

ORLY - Fowl Play

ORLY - Fowl Play

ORLY - Fowl Play

ORLY - Fowl Play

I see you, Fowl Play. I know what you’re up to with your deep grape jelly base and flecks that flash red and gold and your sparkles and your copper flakies. You can’t fool me: you’re OPI Merry Midnight wearing a fancy set of new duds!
Due to the jelly base Fowl Play was a three-coater for me – in this case that isn’t a negative as layering up this lacquer lead to some really interesting depth amongst the flakies/shimmers/sparkles/kitchen sink. Flaunt it in the sun and get ready to be overly fascinated with how pretty your nails are.

ORLY - Sweet Peacock

ORLY - Sweet Peacock

Oh my god. Oh my god. It’s like Easter Egg foil wrappers in nail polish form! Sweet Peacock is far, far too eye-catching for its own good. I’m not even a big fan of blue nail polish and even I was making excuses to leave it on for just one more day…
Application was surprisingly painless for a metallic fleck polish – two coats for optimal coverage, although you could probably cheat with one coat and no one would suspect a thing. Sweet Peacock dried down with minimal lumps and bumps, so just a thin application of top coat is enough to give this a glassy mirror finish. Removal, however, was a total glitterpig, so get ready to soak with an acetone-based remover and rue the day you ever fell in love with metallic- and glitter-based nail polish.

ORLY - Sea Gurl

ORLY - Sea Gurl

ORLY - Sea Gurl

ORLY - Sea Gurl

What’s that, you say? A deep pewter metallic polish that isn’t a brushstroke-y disaster? Sea Gurl, get in my Helmer.
Two coats for the best finish, no bubbling or bald spots, easy to remove and did I mention that it’s a rich lustrous grey? I have zero bad things to say about Sea Gurl, sorry. I’m too busy making starry eyes at it.

Hits and misses:
For the sheer yowza factor you just can’t go past Sweet Peacock. It isn’t exactly an everyday office-appropriate colour but to hell with that, right? It looks like a Red Tulip Easter Egg wrapper and for that fact alone it’s a must-have. Nite Owl is a hit because it manages to be a neutral that isn’t beige in colour and beige in attitude. Sea Gurl is grey so hey, that’s an automatic purchase right there!
On the flip side I think you can probably meander straight past Peachy Parrot. That frost finish just isn’t working for me.

ORLY lacquers are AU$18.95 for 18ml. The Birds of a Feather collection is available now from Orly Beauty and selected salons and spas. Happy lacquering!

There are 4 comments

  1. Tara

    Great swatches, great post.
    I absolutely adore sweet peacock, it certainly does look loke easter egg foil!
    I can’t wait to be able to purchase Sweet Peacock

  2. emmabovary

    Ohhh I’m not even a sucker for polish but this whole entire collection is screaming to me! Maybe it is just your amazing swatches, but I would wear every single shade…sighing my heart out over here. x

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